Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Medical Humanities Graduate Program are expected to satisfy all the basic requirements for admission to a degree program in UTMB's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an advanced degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education.
  • A recommended grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Grades received in graduate courses, which are computed separately, are also considered in evaluation of the application.
  • Official GRE scores for verbal, quantitative, and writing sections must be provided.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is not the native language. The minimum requirement on the TOEFL is 550 or greater on the paper-based test, or 213 or greater on the computer-based test or 6.5 for the IELTS Academic Test.
  • Adequate subject preparation for the proposed graduate major.

Preference will be given to applicants with an advanced degree in bioethics, history, law, literature, philosophy, or religious studies; a closely allied program in the humanities or social sciences; or one of the health sciences or professions. Students entering with a B.A. degree alone will be evaluated after one year to determine whether they may continue beyond the master's degree. Personal interviews with members of the IMH faculty are encouraged. Demonstrated reading competence in at least one foreign language is strongly encouraged and will be required for students doing comparative or international research. Completed applications must be received by November 1st, March 1st, and June 1st. Applications are considered for admission for the subsequent term.

GSBS Requirements for Full-Time Registration

The general policy of the UTMB Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences is that all degree-seeking students must be enrolled full time, which means registering for at least nine hours a semester. It is possible to request a waiver on a semester-by-semester basis. A request for such a waiver should be made in writing to the graduate program director, who will then forward the request to the dean for approval if it has appropriate justification. At the dean's discretion, waivers may be granted for full-time UTMB employees, for those with significant clinical responsibilities, and for others in special circumstances. NB: Waivers from this full-time requirement are not possible for students on stipend. That is, only full-time students are eligible for stipends.

The Graduate School also requires that each degree-seeking student must spend one year in residence as a full-time student or seek a special waiver as spelled out in Sections 4.6111 and 4.6211 of the Graduate School's Bylaws and Academic Policies.

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